Obama On The Ukraine
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#1 Mar 1, 2014
Text of President Barack Obama's comments Friday on the political crisis in Ukraine:
Over the last several days, the United States has been responding to events as they unfold in Ukraine. Throughout this crisis, we have been very clear about one fundamental principle: The Ukrainian people deserve the opportunity to determine their own future. Together with our European allies, we have urged an end to the violence and encouraged Ukrainians to pursue a course in which they stabilize their country, forge a broad-based government and move to elections this spring.
I also spoke several days ago with President Putin, and my administration has been in daily communication with Russian officials, and we've made clear that they can be part of an international community's effort to support the stability and success of a united Ukraine going forward, which is not only in the interest of the people of Ukraine and the international community, but also in Russia's interest.
However, we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Russia has a historic relationship with Ukraine, including cultural and economic ties and a military facility in Crimea, but any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing, which is not in the interest of Ukraine, Russia or Europe.
It would represent a profound interference in matters that must be determined by the Ukrainian people. It would be a clear violation of Russia's commitment to respect the independence and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine, and of international laws. And just days after the world came to Russia for the Olympic Games, it would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. And indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.
The events of the past several months remind us of how difficult democracy can be in a country with deep divisions. But the Ukrainian people have also reminded us that human beings have a universal right to determine their own future.
Right now, the situation remains very fluid. Vice President (Joe) Biden just spoke with Prime Minister — the Prime Minister of Ukraine to assure him that in this difficult moment the United States supports his government's efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity and democratic future of Ukraine. I also commend the Ukrainian government's restraint and its commitment to uphold its international obligations.
We will continue to coordinate closely with our European allies. We will continue to communicate directly with the Russian government. And we will continue to keep all of you in the press corps and the American people informed as events develop.
Mister President, Arseniy Yatsenyuk is the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
#2 Mar 1, 2014
Chris Matthews had a tingle run down his leg when Obama was elected.
Obama has a tingle run down his leg when confronting Putin, and Putin knows it.
Obama had on a Depends while giving his speech on opposite side of the ocean to Putin.
I heard it was a stinky speech, or it stunk after the speech.
We should cut our military so as not to make Putin mad.
#3 Mar 1, 2014
Not my problem.
#4 Mar 1, 2014
obama put the SFC on high alert just prior to his prancing up to the microphones to issue his bleatings. The Strategic Fisting Command is the armament and 'punch behind' of obama's all new and fabulous army of gayness and festiveness and appeasement. When fully deployed into the multicult urban metropolises they pout and stomp their feet then whisper to each other about how they decide whether or not to give a reach-around.
#5 Mar 1, 2014
This is what happens when you elect a "president" based on affirmative action, White Guilt and the race card. Deranged Jeremiah Wright said it best that Obama is out to punish America per the saying, "White folks greed drives a world in need."
We have a buffoon in the White House at a time of world crisis due to young, clueless White Females that want free condoms and contraception, ghetto Blacks, illegal aliens and gays all of whom have zero morals and values.
The chickens have indeed come home to roost as Obama quivers and Putin laughs at the Kenyan man-child.
#6 Mar 1, 2014
truthful and very well stated Oliver!
#7 Mar 1, 2014
What should the US do about the Ukraine situation?
#8 Mar 1, 2014
Putin got his Olympics and the Crimea too.
#9 Mar 1, 2014
As you and your filth demand: give grade school children fisting kits.
#10 Mar 1, 2014
You people are all wet on this one. The west has no business putting a wedge between Ukraine and Russia. Saying Ukraine should turn it back on Russia is like saying New Zealand and Canada should turn their backs on the Anglosphere and become allies with China.
Ukraine is the birthplace of Russia, for Gods sake. Its like saying Boston belongs with Quebec away from the Anglos.
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